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Hearing For Calloway Death Penalty Case Set For Next Week

Matt Markgraf

A hearing for what could be Calloway County's first death penalty case in a century is set for Thursday.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney James Burkeen says this status hearing is procedural in nature to aid additional discovery and jury selection.

"The rules of criminal procedure require jury questioning in death penalty cases to be conducted in a certain manner," said Burkeen. "And they wanted a motion to make sure that process and all those requirements were met."

Pascasio Pacheco faces charges in connection to the shooting death of his aunt and uncle and setting fire to their home, and killing the couple’s two children.

Pacheco’s trial itself is set for January 7th.

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